Blackwater bounced back from a previous defeat by prevailing over Mahindra, 110-102, to enter the win column on Sunday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Elite, who lost their opening game against import-less Talk ‘N Text (102-108) last Wednesday, were smarter than their last performance as locals Carlo Lastimosa, Reil Cervantes and 6-foot-8 import Malcolm Rhett provided the needed points to help their team earn a 1-1 win-loss record.
Lastimosa, who tallied a career-high 39 points in a loss against Talk ‘N Text in the opener, led Blackwater anew with 26 points on 9-of-20 shooting in the field, plus six rebounds and two steals while Cervantes sizzled with 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting in the field.
Rhett, who finished only with a dismal 16 points and seven turnovers in his first game, scored 19 points and grabbed 18 rebounds this time. Freshman Arthur Dela Cruz added 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the field and Rafi Reyes had 12 points also for the Elite.
“Going to this game, we only had two legit big guys, (Frank) Golla and the import. JP Erram is not yet cleared to play and he is still under observation. Other big guys Sena and Ballesteros are still on the injury list,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac during the post game interview.
After winning their opening game against the GlobalPort Batang Pier last Friday, the Mahindra Enforcers failed to sustained their hot start as they fell to a 1-1 win-loss record despite a tremendous performance from import Augustus Gilchrist.
Gilchrist registered 34 points and 14 rebounds plus three blocks to lead the Enforcers.
In the second game, GlobalPort survived Ginebra 89-85 to finally post its first win after two games.
Terrence Romeo scored 21 points while import Brian Williams posted 19 points and 17 rebounds and Stanley Pringle contributed 14 points.
Ginebra fell to a 0-2 win-loss record.
Johnson apologetic, remorseful
Two days after being banned in the league for cursing league Commissioner Chito Narvasa on Saturday, Talk ‘N Text temperamental import Ivan Johnson was remorseful and apologetic to Narvasa regarding his action.
Besides the ban, Johnson was also fined P250,000. “I do want to sincerely and most humbly apologize to commissioner Narvasa for my action’s in last night’s game,” said the 6-foot-9 import through a statement on his Facebook account which was also posted on his Twitter page. “I ask that you forgive me. Thank you.”
“This lifetime ban is truly unfortunate and devastating to be being that I feel at home and most welcomed when I am here playing in the Philippines,” he added. “I would like to apologize also to the fans for devastation and disappointment that I caused.”
Johnson confronted Narvasa during second quarter of Talk ‘N Text’s game against Meralco after being ejected for absorbing his second technical foul. According to witnesses, Johnson uttered expletives to Narvasa.
Talk ‘N Text lost to Meralco during that game (88-84).
Talk ‘N Text officer Virgil Villa¬vicencio said there was no any due process happened on the immediate banning of Johnson in the league.
When asked about their next plan, Villavicencio said he would still talk to the bosses about their next move.